December 8, 2020

There has been a bit of confusion regarding whether or not Lloydminster Public Library would remain open to the public as public libraries across Alberta rolled back to curbside pick-up in the wake of the recent surge. As Lloydminster takes its guidance from Saskatchewan Health, we remain open.

In its role of providing access to reliable, current information, Lloydminster Public Library recommends consulting the following resources regarding COVID-19:

If you believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact Saskatchewan Healthline or Alberta Health Link by calling 811.

Express Service at Lloydminster Public Library

Express Service allows you to access some in-person library services, including:

    • browsing parts of the library collection in person
    • picking up and checking out your holds using our self-checkout machines
    • in-person services such as library card registration and reader’s advisory assistance from our staff
    • express (limited) computer access, wifi and scanning

Safety is our first priority

To ensure the safety of our customers and staff the following guidelines are in place:

Please Stay Home If...

As per public health orders from the Government of Saskatchewan, please do not visit any library locations if you have:

    • tested positive for COVID-19 and are still under mandatory isolation.
    • a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
    • returned from another country within the last 14 days.
    • been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Mandatory Masks

Wearing a mask is a known, effective measure that limits the spread of COVID-19. It is a simple step that we can all take for our own health and for the health of our community. All library visitors over the age of two must wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the entire duration of your visit. If you do not have your own mask, we will provide one for you. 

Physical Distancing

Please be mindful of other customers and library staff and maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others wherever possible. 

Limited Hours

The Library will be open:

    • Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 10am - 5:30pm
    • Wednesday, Thursday: 10am - 8:30pm
    • Saturday: 10am - 4:30pm

We have set aside the first hour of each day for service at-risk patrons.

Limited Occupancy

Due to social distancing guidelines we have limited occupancy. You may need to wait your turn before entering the facility. Staff will greet you at the entrance, let you know when you can enter and when you will be required to leave, provide further instructions to keep you safe during your visit, and answer any questions you may have.

30 Minute Time Limit 

To ensure that everyone has a chance to enter the facility please keep your visits to about 30 minutes. 

Hand Sanitizing

Hand sanitizer is available at the library entrance and we encourage everyone to sanitize their hands upon entry. Additional sanitizing stations can be found throughout the library and you may use them as often as needed.

Washrooms available

Washrooms for library users are available. Ask the security person on duty to let you in.

Quarantining of Library Returns & Items Handled While Browsing

When we process returned items they are placed in quarantine for 72 hours (3 days) before returning to use. Items in quarantine are no longer on your account and show "IN QUAR" in the online catalogue.

In addition, while browsing, please place any items that you handle but do not take home with you in the designated bins; these items will also be quarantined for the recommended 72 hours. Since any items entering quarantine will be unavailable to other customers for 3 days, we ask you to be selective in your browsing and limit the number of items that you touch, whenever possible. 

Additional FAQs

Below you will find additional FAQs relating to both new and existing services offered at LPL. If your question is not answered below, please reach out to us by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (780-875-0850).

What parts of the library collection can I browse?

Customers may browse the following parts of the collection only:

    • Picture Books & Board Books
    • Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Non-fiction, Juvenile DVDs
    • Just Arrived (Fiction, Nonfiction, Large Print & Audiobooks)
    • Young Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels
    • Adult Paperbacks, Audiobooks & DVDs

How do I get materials from the areas I can't browse?

Staff will be on hand to retrieve items from the closed areas of the collection.

Where can I return library materials?

The book drop at the main (South) entrance to Atrium Centre is open 24/7, and is emptied twice a day. There is also an enclosed bookdrop inside the library for returns during our open hours.

I returned my books several days ago and they are still on my account. Why?

If you see anything amiss on your account, feel free to contact us!

How do I sign up for/renew a library card?

You can register for a virtual card online by filling out this form: Virtual membership registration. You will eventually need to visit a library branch in person in order to upgrade to a full membership by confirming your address and other details, but we will ensure that you can access electronic resources until you are comfortable visiting the library in person. 

You can also now register in person at the Library. Please bring ID with your current address to register for a library card.

I'm trying to access LPL's digital resources. How do I do this and what is my PIN number? 

All of our digital resources are available to Lloydminster residents from home with a valid LPL library card or virtual membership.

By default, we set your PIN to the last four digits of your phone number. If that doesn't work, call us at 780-875-0850 or send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll look it up for you!

Please note: If you live outside of Lloydminster, you won't be able to access many of our digital resources, including eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Are there any library programs happening?

Until further notice, all in-branch library programs are cancelled, but we have moved some of our programs online.

Can I use the library’s computers?

During your visit, you may access one of the four public computers, including our printing services. We have fewer computers due to social distancing measures and we encourage you to book a time in advance by calling us at 780-875-0850. Daily computer time is limited to 60 minutes.

Are you accepting book donations?   

We are not accepting book donations at this time.

Disclaimer: Use of library facilities, materials, and services is at your own risk.